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Friday, December 28, 2018
"The Indescribable Gift!"
Message summary: God's greatest gift is a gift too wonderful for words, but deserving of our highest thanks. Today and each day let us join with Paul in thanking God for His truly indescribable gift of salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord!
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"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15).
Many of us gave and received gifts at Christmas, a custom that for many is the main thing. The origin of giving gifts (at least in the Christian sense) probably goes back to the gifts the Magi presented to the baby Jesus.
Have you ever received a gift you would describe as "indescribable"? Marketers and advertisers would like to create this illusion. An ad we see at this time is a wife surprising her husband (or vice versa) with a new luxury car often with a bow on top. He or she looks genuinely surprised and pleased but after 42 years of marriage we really can't imagine surprising one another with a car! Whatever it is, like all gifts, in time this new car will get old, the excitement will diminish and then something new will be needed.
What is our response to these gifts? Some will likely be returned. Today will be another very busy shopping day with many returned items and the "after-Christmas sales". Other gifts will soon be forgotten. Others are appreciated but will wear out or break in a relatively short time. And there will be a few that we cherish for many years, perhaps our entire life. Some might even be passed down to our children and be meaningful to them.
But no gift we receive on this earth even remotely compares to the spiritual gift of our Lord Jesus Christ, the gift we can all receive and share regardless of where we live or how much of this world's possessions we have or don't have. Jesus Christ is certainly the greatest Gift and deserving of our highest thanks!
Paul concludes a section in his second letter to the Corinthian believers by expressing appreciation to them for abounding in good works and for their generosity in supplying the financial gifts needed by the Jerusalem believers. He concludes his expression of thanks with today's marvelous exclamation of thankfulness, "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" Many years earlier Paul had been converted and had moved from an attitude of hateful rejection to grateful acceptance of God's gift of salvation through Christ. Through the years his gratitude to God grew and that's the way it should be for all of us.
In this burst of praise he uses a very interesting Greek word to describe the gift. Linguists use the term hapax legomenon to describe a word that appears only once in a manuscript. The Greek word "anekdiēgētō" which is translated "indescribable" is used only once by Paul in all his writings. It essentially means, "not expounded in full." Other versions use phrases such as "beyond telling", "inexpressible", and "unspeakable". One words it this way; "a gift too wonderful for words!"
Indeed that is the case with God's greatest gift, a gift too wonderful for words, but deserving of our highest thanks. Today and each day let us join with Paul in thanking God for His truly indescribable gift of salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
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